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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
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Uee in 2013
Born Kim Yu-jin
(1988-04-09) April 9, 1988 (age 28)
Daegu, South Korea
Other names
  • Uee
  • U-ie
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active 2007–present
Agent Pledis Entertainment (2009–present)
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 김유진
Revised Romanization Gim Yu-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yuchin
Stage name
Hangul 유이
Revised Romanization Yui
McCune–Reischauer Yui

Kim Yu-jin (born April 9, 1988), better known by her stage name Uee (sometimes romanized as U-ie), is a South Korean singer and actress. She has been a member of girl group After School since 2009, and has acted in various television dramas including Queen Seondeok (2009), Ojakgyo Family (2011), Jeon Woo-chi (2012), Golden Rainbow (2013), High Society (2015) and Marriage Contract (2016).

Early life[edit]

Kim Yu-jin was born April 9, 1988 in Daegu, South Korea.[1][citation needed] Her father, Kim Sung-kap, is a professional baseball coach for the South Korean team, Nexen Heroes.[2][3] She has an older sister, Kim Yu-na.[4] Uee attended Incheon Physical Education High School. While in high school, she was a swimmer and competed in the Korean National Sports Festival.[5]


Uee originally desired to be an actress and went to many auditions, but she debuted as a singer first.[6] In 2007, Uee was a member of the girl group Five Girls (Hangul오소녀; RRO Sonyeo) under Good Entertainment, which also included Yubin, Jun Hyoseong, Yang Jiwon, and G.NA. The group starred in a reality show on MTV called Diary of Five Girls, but disbanded before their scheduled debut due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles.[7]

In April 2009, Uee joined the girl group After School with their single "Diva".[8][9] In July, she made her acting debut in MBC's historical drama, Queen Seondeok, which was well received and won various awards.[10] In August, Uee appeared in Mighty Mouth's music video for "Love Class" (연애특강) with Hyuna from 4Minute,[11] after which she was cast for SBS's You're Beautiful playing Yoo He-yi.[12] Later that month, she joined the project group, 4Tomorrow, releasing the song, "Dugeundugeun Tomorrow" (Hangul두근두근 Tomorrow) on October 6, 2009. The group was composed of Uee, Han Seung-yeon, Hyuna, and Gain.[13] That same year, she joined the reality show, We Got Married and was paired with Park Jae-jung.[14] Uee ranked eighth on Forbes Korea's list of most hardworking idols in 2009–2010.[15]

Uee had lead roles in two television dramas in 2011. In Birdie Buddy, she played Sung Mi-soo, a country girl who strives to become a professional golfer. The drama's director, Yun Sang-ho, praised Uee's "flawless acting", saying, "I believe actors from idol groups such as Uee and Luna improve more quickly because they have so much talent and passion".[16] In Ojakgyo Family, she played Baek Ja-eun, a university student with a difficult family history.[6] Uee and her co-star, Joo Won, both studied acting at Sungkyunkwan University and already knew each other.[17][18] She earned praise for her natural acting in Ojakgyo Family, and received Best New Actress awards at the Paeksang Arts Awards and KBS Drama Awards.[19][20] Uee released her first solo single, "Sok Sok Sok" (쏙쏙쏙), on June 21, 2011.[21] She also co-hosted the variety show Night After Night.[22]

Uee at an After School fan meeting in 2012

In January 2012, Uee became a permanent host on the KBS music show, Music Bank, along with Lee Jang-woo. She continued hosting the show until April 2013.[23] From November 2012 to February 2013, she starred as princess Hong Mu-yeon in Jeon Woo-chi, a historical drama set during the Joseon Dynasty. When she was cast for the role, Uee expressed her desire to be seen as a serious actor, saying "I want to do away with the 'idol singer-turned-actor' in this piece and really step up my performance".[24] During the shoot, she was praised for her ability to immerse herself in the character and give a detailed performance.[25][26]

Uee was a permanent cast member of SBS's survival variety show Barefooted Friends in 2013.[27] During the show, she performed the song "Hero" at a special concert. The song was produced by Duble Sidekick and featured After School's Jungah. Uee co-wrote the lyrics, which were about her father, and the song was released on the soundtrack album My Story, My Song on August 19.[28][29] She had a lead role in the drama Golden Rainbow,[30] which aired from November 2013 until March 2014. She played the character Kim Baek-won, and received an Excellence Award at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards for the role.[31]

In mid-2014, Uee was a member of the survival variety show Law of the Jungle, appearing in the Indian Ocean episodes.[27][32] In April of that year, she told Ilgan Sports she had lost some of her passion for singing and dancing, and plans to further her acting career once she graduates from After School.[33] She played Do Do-hee, a national swimming champion, in the drama Hogu's Love, which aired in February and March 2015.[34] She was then cast in the SBS drama High Society, which aired in June and July. Her character, Jang Yoon-ha, hides her identity as an heiress of a chaebol in order to find true love.[35][36][37] In an interview, Uee acknowledged that some viewers were disappointed with her performance, and she had "never been more criticized for poor acting".[38]

In October 2015, Uee joined the variety show, Fists of Shaolin Temple, where the cast members received martial arts training.[39] Uee's next drama, MBC's Marriage Contract, begin airing on March 5, 2016. Her character, Kang Hye-soo, is a single mother with a terminal illness who enters into a contract marriage.[40][41]

Personal life[edit]

On May 2, 2016, Uee's agency confirmed that she and actor Lee Sang-yoon are in a relationship.[42]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Sok Sok Sok"
(featuring JR of NU'EST)
2011 64 Non-album single
(featuring Kim Jungah)
2013 Barefooted Friends: My Story, My Song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2009 Queen Seondeok MBC young Mishil Supporting role
You're Beautiful SBS Yoo He-yi Supporting role
2010 My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox SBS Art major in college cameo (Episode 5)[44]
2011 All My Love MBC Kim Yu-jin cameo (Episode 182&210)[45]
Birdie Buddy tvN Sung Mi-soo Lead role
Ojakgyo Family KBS2 Baek Ja-eun Lead role
2012 Jeon Woo-chi KBS Princess Hong Mu-yeon Lead role
2013 Golden Rainbow MBC Kim Baek-won Lead role
2015 Hogu's Love tvN Do Do-hee Lead role
High Society SBS Jang Yoon-ha Lead role
She Was Pretty MBC Guest for The Most 20th Anniversary cameo (Episode 9)
2016 Marriage Contract MBC Kang Hye-soo Lead role

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2009 We Got Married Season 2 MBC Cast member
2010 Night After Night Co-host
2011 Running Man SBS Guest Episode 34
Music Bank KBS Co-host
2012 Host
2013 Barefooted Friends SBS Cast member
Running Man Guest Episode 137
2014 Law of the Jungle Cast member
2015 Running Man Guest Episode 249, 271-272
Seventeen project MBC Music MC Episode 6
Infinity Challenge MBC Guest
Fists of Shaolin Temple SBS Cast member

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer – Female (Variety Show) We Got Married Won[46]
2010 46th Paeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) You're Beautiful Nominated[citation needed]
2011 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Ojakgyo Family Won[20]
Popularity Award Nominated[47]
Best Couple (with Joo Won) Nominated[48]
2012 48th Paeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won[20]
Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated[citation needed]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Jeon Woo-chi Nominated[citation needed]
Popularity Award Nominated[49]
Best Couple (with Cha Tae-hyun) Nominated[50]
2013 49th Paeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated[citation needed]
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Golden Rainbow Won[31]
2015 51st Paeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Hogu's Love Nominated[51]
8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress High Society Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Best Couple (with Sung Joon) Nominated[52]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Marriage Contract Nominated


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